What I Did Today 12/08/15

  • On December 8, 2015 ·
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Minecraft and Chill 5.

Got up a bit late today but at least I wasn’t exhausted like yesterday. Went for breakfast with my dad and helped him order something online. Found an old picture of my brother and me while I was at his place, posted it to FB. Came home, spent the evening sorting music for my Patreon video. I have an outline in mind, I just need to script and produce it. I’m going to use the time before bed to dig up some references for tomorrow. I really need to take a day alone to draw and design. There’s always so many fiddly bits to fuss with. If the podcast isn’t finished processing tomorrow I’ll post what’s available.

What I Did Today 12/07/15

  • On December 7, 2015 ·
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Minecraft and Chill 5.

Went to bed several times last night. Didn’t manage to fall asleep until about 7:30 this morning. Then I woke up to my dad calling at 10:30. I’ve spent most of my insomnia looking up Patreon information so I can set my campaign up properly. I’m going to tinker with it before launch and get some people to give me feedback. I’m looking forward to putting together graphics and a pitch video. I’m going to take a sleep aid tonight before bed, see if that helps me any.

We recorded this week’s podcast Saturday night but YouTube says it’s still processing. It says it’s over 3 hours but when I hit play it’s half that. The tools I’ve tried ripping it with kick back an error so something’s up. Most stuff I’ve found online says give it time and it should resolve itself so I’ll try waiting it out. If that doesn’t work I’ll dub something up front saying it’s lost. I’ve got the links in the blog post typed out I’m just waiting for the actual recording to upload.

What I Did Today 12/04/15

  • On December 4, 2015 ·
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Minecraft and Chill 5.

Had trouble falling asleep last night. Took some sleep aids but was still up until around 3 this morning. I think the root of the problem is feeling like I’m not in control of my time during the day so I stay up at night to rebel. That’s no good because people expect to interact with me during the day. It makes my sleep time erratic and it doesn’t deal with the actual problems. When I’m tired I get frustrated and my anxiety comes back. So I’m going to be doing what I can to empower myself.

Spent today penciling and inking page 22. My hand’s been cramping so I’ll save the color and the shading for tomorrow.

What I Did Today 12/13/15

  • On December 3, 2015 ·
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Minecraft and Chill 5.

Finished recording M&C last night and then stayed up until 4 watching Spike’s art stream. Had a headache most of the day after dad woke me up in the morning wanting to go eat. Took a nap when I got home, had some dinner, wondering what borked my sleeping schedule so hard. I’m not going to lie, this has messed me up. I’m going to work on comics and try going to bed about 10, see if I can right this boat.

What I Did Today 12/02/15

  • On December 3, 2015 ·
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Minecraft and Chill 5.

Went to bed early last night, woke up before midnight. Spent some time collecting music for a thing. Stayed up until 4-something in the morning watching CartoonCyborg stream. Went back to bed for awhile, sorted the music I’d collected into possible sections for the thing. Went to dinner and bought groceries. Came home and recorded M&C with the guys.

I’ve decided to do something of a concentration shift. The comics are important to me and I’m going to keep on top of them the best I can. But I really need to start thinking of myself as an animator first. Whenever I try to build up a buffer it gets eaten away before I can progress on other things. So animating is going to be my primary focus on days when I’m in the studio.

What I Did Today 12/01/15

  • On December 1, 2015 ·
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Minecraft and Chill 4.

After my nap yesterday I was going to work on that profile background. I got some very bare scribbles started then stayed up until 3:30 watching other artists stream. I was very slow getting up this morning, then dad wanted to grab lunch and visit a friend of his. Then I spent the afternoon watching a stream about Adobe’s rebranding of Flash to Animate. I’m going to try getting a better sleep tonight so I can be up early again.

What I Did Today 11/30/15

  • On November 30, 2015 ·
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Minecraft and Chill 4.

Today’s project was to make some art to splatter on my various online profiles. Spent the morning looking for templates for social media art. Apparently it’s very hard to find something that has all the current sizes in one psd file. There were plenty of “cheat sheets” that listed measurements, downloadable offerings if you signed up for a mailing list, an extension for Photoshop I figured wouldn’t work on my version, some paid templates, and some people offered templates of the final reduced sizes which I guess is alright for mocking stuff up but not for actually producing anything.

Following that I decided to try caricaturing myself for a profile picture. I had a reference file of various head shots I put together for a self portrait awhile back. If I stuck to the ref too much I came out looking like Ray Stantz. I like what I have so far but I want to ideate on it a bit and try various styles. I’ve come to rely on the version of myself I drew in Townies, which is nice and all but it’s not the only way I can draw. I took an extended nap and just finished dinner. Going to spend the evening working on a background piece that hopefully encompasses my interests.

Daily Doodles should return in January. I’m going to give myself December to ramp up my daily drawing practice.

Status of the Blog 11/30/15

  • On November 30, 2015 ·
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There’s no podcast today because Ian and I took the weekend off after Thanksgiving to spend with our families. I would, however, like to give everybody an update on how I’m doing and, by extension, how the site’s doing.

I’ve been on anxiety meds around 4 months now. It’s helped considerably though I’m still sorting some things out. Next time I go back to my doctor I’m going to ask him about seeing a therapist. The constant background hum of anxiety has quieted, for the most part. I’m able to concentrate and if I want to stop thinking about something I usually can now. I’m still working on getting a proper sleep every night. If I go to bed early I can wake up before midnight. If I stay up too late and try to get up at 5 I’ll feel exhausted, agitated, and the anxiety comes back. I took a bit of a break recently where I focused on getting more rest because I felt like I wasn’t getting enough time alone to recharge.

That brings me to something else I’m working on – dealing with other people. I’m an introvert. I like my quiet time where I’m able to clear my head. I’m trying to be better about being sociable. I have trouble telling people I need time to myself without feeling like a recluse. I also have a problem of feeling like an anxiety funnel. I love my family but they all have similar issues like mine they shrug off and let build up in the wrong places.

I noticed the other day it’d been a year since I said I was going to bring back the Daily Doodles after the holidays. I don’t post enough of my art online. I don’t draw enough in general. I’d planned to spend some time drawing ahead and post pieces from the pile daily. If running webcomics has taught me anything it’s that publishing daily or just regular content can be a hard habit to keep up. Back then I’d hit the exhaustion issue, feeling like I was working too hard just to get a doodle finished every day and the “real” work was getting pushed to the side. I miss the exercise.

So I’m officially announcing Daily Doodles are coming back to the site. I’m not exactly sure how the practice is going to go this time around but I’m looking forward to it.

What I Did Today 11/27/15

  • On November 28, 2015 ·
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Happy Thanksgiving from this week’s Billy Badass!

Minecraft and Chill 4.

Slept in until dad called for lunch. Did some thinking about how I want the stream setup to go and started writing out what I wanted to do. I grabbed some of the sales on Steam and spent entirely too much time reading about alert tools. Then Frank wanted to craft some mines for awhile so I rebooted the server.

I’m the kind of person who likes to have a lot of stuff figured out ahead of time. I research details and weigh the options probably long before I need to. The thing is, I want to tie things in with the streams to make them engaging. The stuff I want to tie in is either not supported or I keep seeing how it’s vulnerable. In the end I should probably just scale back and think of minimum viable product. All the bells and whistles are secondary.

What I Did Today 11/26/15

  • On November 26, 2015 ·
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Happy Thanksgiving from this week’s Billy Badass!

Minecraft and Chill 4.

Recorded this week’s M&C, chatted with the folks online for a bit after, and stayed up late last night. Woke up a couple times today. Went to get dog food and a few things with my dad. Spent most of today trying to relax and catch up on sleep. Had an idea for a video project and looked up inspiration/reference for it. Not sure when I’ll get to it in the schedule of stuff I’ve got lined up. I want to get the next couple comics pages done before I work on anything bigger.

I’m glad I figured out my storage situation, I’m just waiting for it to get here so I can set it up. Whenever I order something online I always have the nagging worry in the back of my head, “It’s gonna show up at my door and it’ll be a brick in a box, and I’m gonna be like, ‘Oooo! They got me!’ And I’m gonna deserve it!” The few times I’ve had problems with stuff getting lost in shipping or arriving damaged the sellers have been plenty accommodating. It’s just the fear that I’m gonna get that one person that sends you a picture of something and disappears.